THUMBS UP! And thank you again to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. This time it's another $2.8 million worth of thanks, as the foundation funds two, 10-unit apartments on the grounds of the Community Care Campus. The latest grant will serve as funding for a “sober house,” part of an overall plan for total addiction treatment. The foundation had already committed $55 million to the Community Care Campus.
THUMBS DOWN! To the delay in opening the pool at Fairview Family Aquatic Center. We're not looking to blame anyone – there could be multiple reasons for the two leaks found at the pool in May. But it's easy to share the frustration patrons and employees at the center must feel. We share the hopes that the pool will open soon.
THUMBS UP! To a volunteer lakeside cleanup effort Saturday at Lake Decatur. Scovill Zoo is coordinating the volunteer effort, which begins at 10 a.m. The group will meet at the Beach House in Nelson Park and pick up trash along the shore. Volunteers only need to wear comfortable shoes and come dressed for outdoor work. A “surprise” at Scovill Zoo is promised for participants.
THUMBS UP! And welcome to the Macon County Fair. The event runs through Saturday at the Macon County Fairground. In addition to rides, contests and fair foods, this marks even more clearly the start of summer events. Almost every town in Central Illinois has some kind of festival for fellowship and fun. Try to get out and attend a few.
THUMBS DOWN! And enough already with the excessive weather with which we've been suffering. Rain has backed up farmers' plans, and the extremes have spoiled many outdoor plans for many of. We understand it could be considerably worse. A number of communities have already been flooded, and a southern Minnesota city this week reported tennis ball-size hail. Let us fast forward to complaining about heat.
THUMBS UP! To Governor J.B. Pritzker's assertion that “Illinois is back.” Pritzker made the pronouncement as the Illinois legislature finished its spring session with just a couple of days of overtime work. Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady praised Pritzker's bipartisan work and, as opposed to recent years, we're not hand-wringing over the lack of a budget. Inevitably, not all of Pritzker's plans and the passed laws will work out as positives. We're also never pleased with the rush of a ticking clock forcing decisions without adequate public discussion. At least we're not complaining about nothing being done.